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30 jours avec Paul-André Fortier

30 jours avec Paul-André Fortier

30 jours avec Paul-André Fortier

choreography 30x30 (création 2006)

Using a daring approach, Solo 30x30, offers an original concept proposed as an event/performance. Designed as a site-specific 30-minute performance, the solo piece is presented outside each day at the same place and at the same time for 30 days. The venue is an unusual place for a show. Although transitory, it is part of the city and its activities and allows for a privileged encounter between the artist, his surroundings and the public.
 

In his creations, Paul-André Fortier frequently encourages other artists, to contribute to his work. Solo 30x30 pursues this combination by having, in each city, one (or more) other creator working around it. Fabien Plasson makes a movie performance "30 days with Paul-Andre Fortier" about Solo 30x20, performed in Lyon, 2008.

"Paul-André Fortier has been traveling the world for the past five years with Solo 3x30 (2006), giving free, site-specific performances rain or shine, exposed to the vagaries of the weather and the gaze of passersby – their indifference or their curiosity, their admiration, mockery or desire. At outdoor locations he temporarily marked, with gestures repeated like a ritual, urban territories that are part of the unnoticed banality of everyday life. These places in transit, these thoroughfares and down-at-the-heels city sites, included bridges, public squares, vacant lots and overpasses for which he ascribed new functions. Oddly enough, the strangeness of the proposal bred a familiarity. Every day at the same hour, “a man who dances” would return to resume his odd but regular task, a combination of work and prayer performed by a dancing itinerant of no fixed address.” 

Michèle Febvre
 

Source : Fortier Danse Création

Fortier, Paul-André

Paul-André Fortier entered the world of dance in the 1970s. As a member of Groupe Nouvelle Aire, one of the country’s most innovative choreographic ensembles, he, along with other exceptionally creative artists in the group, contributed to building the reputation of Quebec dance from the 1980s until today.
 

Fortier first distinguished himself as a dancer. A “natural” dancer - as self-taught dancers were described at the time - he was known for his strong stage presence and elegant, refined interpretations. He soon became a leading figure on the Montreal dance scene, then on the Canadian stage, a position he has retained. He was involved in all of the innovative projects at the time, with his mentors (Martine Époque and especially Françoise Sullivan, whom he called his “artistic mother”) and his peers (including Edouard Lock and Daniel Léveillé), who began to create their own works, as did he.
 

Fortier’s career as a choreographer had an immediate and significant impact on the dance landscape. He was known for “inventing” new concepts that differed in both form and content (if one can be dissociated from the other), beyond the scope of tradition and convention. Very early on, he became the forerunner of a style, recognized by his peers, that used theatricality to draw attention to the stresses and tensions of the modern world, with intense, determined and rigorous form. During this period, he was one of the first to lead the way toward a style of dance freed from the constraints of the past, inspiring a whole generation of choreographers to be open to modernism and creative risk.

Source: Cie Fortier Danse-Création 's website (Michèle Febvre)


More information: fortier-danse.com

Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc).
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

More information: fabione.fr

30 jours avec Paul-André Fortier

Choreography : Paul-André Fortier

Choreography assistance : Ginelle Chagnon

Interpretation : Paul-André Fortier

Costumes : Denis Lavoie

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Coproducteurs de « 30x30 » Festival Danse Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Place des Arts, Montréal, Canada Présenté en première en mars 2006 à DanCity, Newcastle, Royaume-Uni

Production / Coproduction of the video work : production Compagnie Fortier Danse Création coproduction Biennale de la Danse 2008

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